One-year ban on importing carved ivory items
China has imposed a one-year ban on the importation of carved ivory items acquired after July 1, 1975.
The ban, which took effect on Feb 26, was announced by the State Forestry Administration, China’s wildlife watchdog.
It only affects ivory acquired after the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora came into force.
“The one-year term will also provide time for us to observe and evaluate the actual effect of this act on the elephants.” said Meng Xianlin, executive director-general of the Endangered Species Import and Export Management Office of China.
Because of the legal ivory market, China has long been criticized for being the world’s biggest ivory importer and blamed for African elephant poaching. (Photo 1)